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Ten Tortured Words: How the Founding Fathers Tried to Protect Religion in America . . . and What's Happened Since [Hardcover]

By Stephen Mansfield (Author)
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Examines the role of religion in American society as seen by the founding fathers, discusses the societal changes that have led to the current confict between religion and politics, and reflects on the future of religious freedom in America.

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In the steamy summer of 1787, as America's founding fathers fashioned their Constitution, they told the most powerful institution in their new nation what it must "not" do:

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion."

Few Americans understand the miracle in world history these ten words represent. For the first time in human experience, the legislative power of a nation was forbidden from legislating the conscience of man. And for over one hundred and fifty years, religion flourished, institutions of faith multiplied, and revivals transformed whole communities. Th elected representatives of the people often called for days of prayer, recognizing that religion is essential to national character.

So what happened? Why is it that today a cross-shaped memorial or a religious symbol in a city seal is considered a violation of the Constitution? Why are pastors threatened if they speak out about politics and children kept from even asking about religion in the public schools?

"Ten Tortured Words" separates historical fact from fiction, illuminating the events and personalities that shaped the writing of the Establishment Clause. In his straightforward, award-winning style, cultural historian Stephen Mansfield interprets the societal shifts that have led to the current rift between religion and politics, and takes a surprising look at what lies ahead for freedom of religion in America.

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Thomas Nelson
Pages   272
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.48" Width: 6.6" Height: 1"
Weight:   1.08 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Jun 1, 2007
Publisher   Thomas Nelson
ISBN  1595550844  
ISBN13  9781595550842  
UPC  020049140604  

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More About Stephen Mansfield

Stephen Mansfield Stephen Mansfield is the New York Times best-selling author of The Faith of George W. Bush, Benedict XVI: His Life and Mission, and Never Give In: The Extraordinary Character of Winston Churchill, among other works of history and biography. Founder of both The Mansfield Group, a consulting and communications firm, and Chartwell Literary Group, which creates and manages literary projects, Stephen is also in wide demand as a lecturer and speaker. For more information, log on to David A. Holland is an author, speaker, media consultant, and award-winning copywriter who writes the popular blog and the satirical He is the co-author of Paul Harvey s America, as well as numerous articles, essays, and opinion pieces.


Stephen Mansfield currently resides in Nashville, in the state of Tennessee. Stephen Mansfield was born in 1958.

Stephen Mansfield has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Generals
  2. Leaders in Action

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What more can be said?  Apr 26, 2008
Many people more knowledgeable in American History than I have already said about all there is to say on the historical errors in this book. What a shame - I had high hopes for this book.
Unintented Revisionism or Plain Bad Scholarship  Mar 9, 2008
I'm normally a science and math teacher. One book I normally assign to my AP students (Calculus, Chemistry and Physics) discusses the misuse of statistics. If I were teaching the AP U.S. History class, I would use this book as an example of poor historical scholarship. As it stands there is so much bad science out there that I have my students find and criticize it themselves. Bad history which creates misperceptions about our country is in another category. Science inherently acknowledges that it is a work-in-progress (except for evolution which is treated as iron-clad truth--don't get me started!). On the other hand, history books containing bona fide errors gravely disservice everyone.

Buy this book only if you want to see what I mean by bad history!
Sabotage Agenda By Leftists   Jan 22, 2008
After searching for the book "Ten Tortured Words" on the net back in August of last year, I found there was a concerted effort by a well known Leftist blog called Daily Kos, that encouraged their readers to go on this site and trash the book. No matter if the reviewers had read the book or not. Google "Ten Tortured Words," you'll see the Daily Kos page encouraging the deception. The object was to have large numbers say they reviewed the book, and by lying they had read the book, to deceive those of us that went on this site to find honest reviews of the books offered there. I've found that the Leftists are doing the same thing to another book on this site called "Liberal Fascists" by encouraging it's readers to post bogus negative reviews as well. I wanted to warn buyers on this site back in August of the deception, and orchestrated effort of these Leftists websites to deceive them by posting negative bogus reviews to sway the rating system and by doing that to discourage this site buyers from purchasing the book. But I waited, thinking that this site or someone surely would notify the buying public on this site of this despicable and deceitful effort by Daily Kos Leftists, as well as other Leftist websites to deliberately deceive the buyers on this site who wish only to read honest, truthful reviews without some sort of orchestrated agenda of deception.

Any book should stand on it's on without being the subject of any groups efforts at tying to suppress the readership of a book by using orchestrated, bogus and deceitful tactics to corrupt the rating system. Using honest reviews is one thing, but encouraging reviews by those who have not read the book is another. The 17 negative reviews on this site were put there within a few days of Daily Kos initiating the deceptive assualt on the ratings system for "Ten Tortured Words."

I know, because I watched it happen day by day, as I tried to find unbiased reviews of the book on this site. It seems to me the Left would like to suppress, or prohibit those books they do not agree with if it were possible for them to do so. Orchestrated, deceptive efforts to sway the rating system on this site is not the ethical way to refute what they perceive as errors in the book.
Lamenting the "good old days"  Jan 18, 2008
This book does no more than wish that we were back in the '50s again.

The author has done an adequate job of research into the topic of various court cases that he brings up as important to religious beliefs in this country. What he shows is that over the last 50 years, American society has become significantly more liberal. He blames that liberalism on the court system, and on lawmakers who accept court rulings without trying to override them by passing new bills in Congress.

At the end of the book, I was expecting some sort of call to action to urge our Congressmen to pass new legislation that would perhaps restore some of the '50s ideals. Instead, he does mention that some pieces of legislation have been introduced, some more than once, but with no obvious chance of success. The ending was a surprise in its lack of an action plan and its level of depression.

If you like to sit around with your friends and discuss the days when your kids could walk home from school without fear, when you could leave your house unlocked most of the day, and when practically everyone in your neighborhood went to church on Sunday morning, this is the book for you.
EXCELLENT BOOK  Oct 13, 2007
I can see why some of the review writers are trying to discourage people from buying this book. If you are someone trying to get rid of the Christian heritage this nation has then this is not a book you want people reading. Mansfield has done an excellent job of telling the truth about our founding fathers and what they truly wanted for our country. If you want to know the truth, buy this book. It is very informative.

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